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Thursday, April 12, 2007

NSW Freedom of Information Manual still at printers?

As Matthew Moore, FOI Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald recounts today a battle with the Department of Corrective Services over a public interest rebate on fees, he also reminds us that officials in NSW are still using a manual that is 13 years old in making decisions required under the Freedom of Information Act - the Premier's commitment in August last year to have this fixed by the end of 2006, notwithstanding.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice has just published online its annual updated guidance on the Freedom of Information Act. While there are many legitimate criticisms of administration of the FOI Act there, in this area they leave our central agency guardians of similar legislation, for dead.

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